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TODAY’S TOP SCOOPS
Alan Bollard Appointed Reserve Bank Governor
RESERVE BANK APPOINTMENT FULL COVERAGE:
Keith Rankin: Qantas Air NZ Buy-in A Backward Step
Big News: An Aversion To Graham Capill
Real Bush Plan Revealed - Seize All The Oil!
Dubya Deliberately Deliberating War On Iraq
Tube talk: Cold Feet Won’t Keep You Warm At Night
MPs' Seating Squabble: Petulant! Childish! Selfish!
NCEA Letter Encourages Mediocrity
Israeli Peace Protestors Accused Of Treason
Thriftless Scotch
Katya Rivas

OTHER NEWS (JUST POLITICS)
Contaminated Barley Requires Investigation
Homeless And Confused
Jim Anderton Makes 36 More Friends
Finding Out What Red Tape Looks Like On The Inside
Food Manufacturers Reminder
Stoned Porn Watching Kids Raise Ire
Maori Mental Health Workforce Survey
NBR The Butt Of Cullen MMP Speech

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Alan Bollard Appointed Reserve Bank Governor

- The Secretary to the Treasury, Dr Alan Bollard, is to be appointed the next Reserve Bank Governor, Finance Minister Michael Cullen announced today. See... New Governor of Reserve Bank [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00179.htm


RESERVE BANK APPOINTMENT FULL COVERAGE:

- Treasury - Statement From Dr Alan Bollard [1] - SSC - Intention To Resign [2] - Rodney Hide - Cullen Must Reaffirm Independence [3] - Bill English - Bollard's Appointment A Good Choice [4] - Deutsche Bank - New RBNZ Governor [5] - EMA - Appointment signals policy stability [6] - Business Roundtable - Congratulations Extended [7] - Ken Shirley - Statement On Appointment [8] - Don Brash - New Reserve Bank Governor Welcomed [9] - Business NZ - Reserve Bank Appointment Welcomed [10]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00080.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PO0208/S00079.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00186.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00185.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00190.htm
[6] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00189.htm
[7] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00188.htm
[8] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00183.htm
[9] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00182.htm
[10] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00187.htm


Keith Rankin: Qantas Air NZ Buy-in A Backward Step

- Will the Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service be allowed to buy into Air New Zealand, thus in effect creating a virtual airline monopoly in Australasia? See... Keith Rankin: QANZAS? [1] SEE ALSO: - Importers Institute - flog it off [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00117.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00186.htm


Big News: An Aversion To Graham Capill

- Its not often that a party that has its highest profile in 13 years turns out the lowest election result in its history. No, I’m not talking about National, but another party further to the right. The Christian Heritage Party polled just 1.3 percent. See... Big News: A Botched Campaign [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00118.htm


Real Bush Plan Revealed - Seize All The Oil!

- In what may be the opening salvos of a financial and energy apocalypse, the Financial Times reported yesterday that wealthy Saudi investors had begun a run on their U.S. banking deposits that may have taken as much as $200 billion out of U.S. banks. See... Saudi Arabia: The Sarajevo of the 21st Century? [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00119.htm


Dubya Deliberately Deliberating War On Iraq

- The American people know my position, and that is, is that regime change [in Iraq] is in the interests of the world. How we achieve that is a matter of consultation and deliberative -- deliberation, which I do, I'm a deliberate person. See… President Bush Talks Iraq From Crawford [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00100.htm


Tube talk: Cold Feet Won’t Keep You Warm At Night

- If, like me, you tire of being the only single at a dinner party full of couples, or you’d rather stick a fork in your eye than listen to suburban moms moaning about nappy rash, watching a show like Cold Feet might sound as tempting as water torture. See... Tube Talk: Attack of the Smug Marrieds [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00116.htm


MPs' Seating Squabble: Petulant! Childish! Selfish!

- The shameful self-interest of Opposition MPs has descended into a shambles, Progressive MP Matt Robson said today after the Opposition couldn’t reach an agreement on where to sit in parliament’s debating chamber. See... Self-interest of Opposition becomes a shambles [1] TANTRUM TIMELINE: - Winston Peters - Unseemly Seating Scramble [2] - Gerry Brownlee - Parliament Seating Row A Nonsense [3] - Matt Robson - Self-Interested Opposition [4] - Rod Donald - Abolish Leader Of Opposition [5]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00175.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00159.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00160.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00146.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00136.htm


NCEA Letter Encourages Mediocrity

- The Education Minister is advising secondary students not to do a full complement of five subjects in NCEA in a letter sent to parents and caregivers today, says National's Education spokesperson, Nick Smith. See... Do less in NCEA, Government tells students [1] SEE ALSO: - Deborah Coddington - NCEA Must Go [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00172.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00158.htm


Israeli Peace Protestors Accused Of Treason

- Attacking leftist Gush Shalom activists for threatening to extradite Israeli air force pilots to the international court at the Hague for alleged war crimes, IAF Commander Major General Dan Halutz has urged brining the activists to trial. See... IAF Chief Urges Treason Trials For Gush Shalom [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/WO0208/S00097.htm


Thriftless Scotch

- A rare bottle of The Macallan 60-year-old single Highland malt whisky has gone on sale at London’s Heathrow Airport for the record price of £22,000 (NZ$72,000). See... $72,000 Bottle of The Macallan Whisky [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/BU0208/S00194.htm


Katya Rivas

- My Daughter, you are not alone. I am in your soul, in your spirit. Sometimes you feel lonely, because I take everything from you so that there can be no mistake in the interpretation of My Words. See... Katya Rivas: I Do Not Live in Noise [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0208/S00115.htm



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Contaminated Barley Requires Investigation

- The importation of Australian barley contaminated with 19 weed species under the direct supervision of MAF demands an immediate independent inquiry, ACT Biosecurity Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today. See... Biosecurity Investigation Is Necessary [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00181.htm


Homeless And Confused

- The Government urgently needs to put more money into providing mental health housing, Green MP Sue Bradford said today, after a new report showed thousands of mentally ill face life on the streets. See... More Money Needed To Keep Mentally Ill Off Streets [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00180.htm


Jim Anderton Makes 36 More Friends

- More evidence that innovative small businesses around New Zealand are growing in partnership with the government… See... 36 Enterprise Awards [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00184.htm


Finding Out What Red Tape Looks Like On The Inside

- “The Government's real commitment to reducing business compliance costs will be shown by its actions not rhetoric,” says National's Transport and Industrial Relations spokesman Roger Sowry. See... Govt Must 'Walk The Walk' On Compliance Costs [1] and Cullen Sends Out His Army of Bureaucrats [2]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00178.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00177.htm


Food Manufacturers Reminder

- Food Safety Minister Annette King says New Zealand food manufacturers only have four months left to finalise food-labelling changes on their products. See... Food labelling deadline looms [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00176.htm


Stoned Porn Watching Kids Raise Ire

- “Reports of 10 year olds watching pornographic movies and smoking cannabis while home alone after school, raise questions about the role of parents and the promotion of such activities,” NZ First MP Craig McNair said. See... Enough Is Enough [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00174.htm


Maori Mental Health Workforce Survey

- Associate Minister of Health, Tariana Turia, hopes Maori mental health workers will participate in a survey of training needs. See... Turia welcomes survey of mental health workers [1] , . Mental Illness Issues Critical for Mäori Health [2] and Te Rau Matatini Q&A [3]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00171.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0208/S00028.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/ED0208/S00029.htm


NBR The Butt Of Cullen MMP Speech

- “I was interested in the NBR-Compaq poll in last week’s NBR which showed that MMP has risen sharply in popularity since the election and is now at its highest level of support since the system was introduced. NBR – as careful readers of the newspaper will know – is not a big fan of MMP. And NBR – as careful readers will also know – tends to let its attitudes lead its analysis.” See... Cullen Address to Bayleys Cocktail Function [1]


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/PA0208/S00169.htm

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